We were racking our brains this year thinking of what we could do for Earth Day and help make a positive change in the world. And Emily came up with the 21 Day Challenge. We are all at different stages of living a sustainable lifestyle and we hope this challenge will inspire those at the start of the journey and challenge those who are way ahead of everyone else, and maybe get others onboard who are not even contemplating a sustainable lifestyle.
Day 1 – Going meatless for a meal or a day. We decided to start with this one as the livestock industry is one of the main contributors to pollution on planet earth. Animal waste, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and chemicals can have a devastating impact on waterways. 18% of greenhouse gases are produced by livestock farming, which is more than all the world’s planes, boats, cars and trains – combined! We were completely shocked by this statistic. So cutting down on meat and dairy is a no brainer. We are looking to our fabulous vegan followers for meal inspiration.
To our vegan followers, we understand this may drive you slightly insane that we are recommending it for a day a week and not a whole life. But we want to encourage people to try going meat free that would never in a million years contemplate it. And for people to see that it can be easy and delicious. This day may turn into two days, three days and so forth. A small change is better than no change. You guys are leading the way and sowing the seeds of change and we honestly think you are amazing. Hopefully together we can inspire and create real lasting change. (Thanks to irishvegan.ie for the facts!)